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FTC Chair Warns of Internet of Things Data Privacy Concerns

Joe Mont | January 9, 2015

Amid the shiny new gizmos on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show this week, Edith Ramirez, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, was on hand to offer a warning to manufacturers about the inherent data pivacy concerns of “Internet of Things” and broadband-connected cars, wearable tech, and home appliances.

During a speech before attendees in Las Vegas, Ramirez cited analyst predictions that in 2015 the world will have 25 billion connected devices and the number of smart home devices will reach nearly 25 million. There are also warnings that this is the year we start hearing about smart-home hacking.

“[The IoT] has the potential to...

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